VDMA: product database does not provide a solution to market surveillance
23.03.2017 Companies will have to upload product information to a database from 2019. However, VDMA does not consider the instrument to be well-suited to monitoring the energy efficiency of products.
VDMA: EU Energy Union has yet to deliver
18.11.2015 The EU Commission aims to fully integrate the EU energy system. However, VDMA still sees many unanswered questions.
Single EU energy market takes shape
15.07.2015 On 15 July, the European Commission put forward the first specific proposals on a uniform power supply market in Europe. The paper is a first step towards a single European energy market. VDMA essentially regards this as a sensible approach but is calling for security for existing investments.
Climate policy - via Brussels to Paris
10.03.2015 European environment politicians are gearing up for the UN Climate Conference in December where a follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol is due to be adopted – there will also be implications for industry.
EU Energy Union: Opportunities for the mechanical engineering sector
18.12.2014 Rapid political developments on the EU’s eastern borders recently have catapulted concerns over security of supply and energy dependence onto the agenda of the European Commission’s new President Jean-Claude Juncker. He has made the “Energy Union and a forward-looking climate policy” priority issues of his new Commission.
VDMA: Energy efficiency finally back on the political agenda
20.07.2014 The European Commission is putting an important marker on saving energy with a Europe-wide energy efficiency target of 30%. However, VDMA is critical of the fact that its implementation in the Member States has not yet been described more precisely.
VDMA calls for a comprehensive EU energy efficiency policy for 2030
30.04.2014 In Europe, there is still room for energy efficiency improvements. The VDMA calls for an EU-wide comprehensive strategy for energy efficiency beyond 2020 – but without additional legislation.
Positionpaper: 2030 Climate and Energy Policies
06.01.2014 The European Commission’s Green Paper consults stakeholders on the future EU climate and energy policies until 2030. VDMA supports in its position paper the European Commission adopting a rapid and reliable approach, which adheres to the objective of becoming a low-carbon economy by 2050 and sets investment incentives within a stable policy framework.
Renewable Energies Act (EEG) Subsidy Proceedings Must not Jeopardise Change in Energy Policy
18.12.2013 The EU Commission has initiated Renewable Energies Act (EEG) subsidy proceedings. The new federal government is now required to enable a plannable and cost-efficient expansion of renewable energies that is in line with European law. “The initiation of the proceedings on subsidies for power-intensive companies through partial exemption from the Renewable Energies Act reallocation charge increases the pressure even further to address the Renewable Energies Act reform purposefully and constructively.
EED: Implementation Guidelines
09.12.2013 The European Commission has published implementation guidelines on a number of articles in the Energy Efficiency Directive (the EED), which is due for implementation in the Member States on 5 June 2014. Interpretation of Article 7 is particularly relevant as it imposes mandatory energy savings with a view to the 20% energy efficiency headline target for 2020.